SARASOTA COUNTY – For the second consecutive year, Sarasota County’s Procurement department has been honored for “Achievement of Excellence in Procurement” by the National Procurement Institute (NPI), an organization dedicated to establishing cooperative relationships among its members, and developing efficient purchasing methods and practices in governmental, educational, and institutional procurement.
The Achievement of Excellent in Procurement Award honors organizational excellence in public and nonprofit procurement; provides benchmarks for continued excellence; and increases awareness of public procurement as a profession.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Sarasota County. For the second year, this award reflects the concerted efforts of our procurement team to build confidence in our internal processes,” said Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer. “It also reflects our board’s commitment to transparency and stewardship of our public dollars.”
This accreditation reflects sweeping changes and improvements not only to procurement and the way Sarasota County conducts its business, but also to the key areas of contracting, transparency and ethics.
Sarasota County was cited for achievements in:
- Automation and electronic procurement.
- Establishment of a procurement staff professional development program.
- Formal surveys of both internal and external procurement customers.
- Certifications and credentials of the procurement organization.
- Ethics policy development and implementation.
“Sarasota County Government’s reputation for practicing responsible procurement has shifted dramatically over the last four years,” said Procurement Official Ted Coyman. “Many employees made important contributions through individual study and testing, developing new procedures, implementing new software and creating new tools.”
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000, or visit www.scgov.net.